PUBLISHED ON: 3 October 2018

Sara set up her blog, Ticking Off Breast Cancer, after she was diagnosed aged 42. She asked other women diagnosed to send her videos of life with breast cancer.

Sara explains what the film means to her, and why it's important to spread awareness of life with the disease this Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

We all have stories to tell

People with breast cancer all have stories to tell. This film is just a sample of real-life stories, told by those living them.

There are some who are going through breast cancer treatment with a good chance that they will reach a cancer-free point at the end of treatment. There are some people who have finished breast cancer and are now living a life without any sign of cancer in them (which is not as easy as it sounds). And then there are those people who are living with terminal breast cancer in the knowledge that they will never be cancer-free.

Everyone has a different story. A different beginning, middle and end.

Some stories are about the never-ending medical appointments, scans, tests and treatment

Some stories are about waiting for test results.
Some stories are about the medical professionals who are doing all they can to make everything ok for us.

Some stories are about the struggles, anxieties and worries.
Some stories are about the physical effects and limitations imposed by the treatment.
Some stories are about the loss of control resulting from the diagnosis and treatment.


Some stories are about living with cancer and fitting cancer into our lives.
Some stories are about the way in which cancer can damage relationships.
Some stories are about cancer and parenthood.

Some stories are about making new, wonderful friends

A collage of 40 women who have contributed to Sara's video

All of these people shared their stories and videos

Some stories are about the way in which cancer can you bring you closer to friends and family.
Some stories are about wonderful, overwhelming kindness and support that we receive from family, friends and equally from strangers.
Some stories are about pressing the pause button on our lives and appreciating the here and now.

Some stories are about the observations and reflections that we make when faced with our own mortality
Some stories are about fear of death, fear of leaving our loved ones, fear of leaving before we are ready.

Some stories are about the confusion which comes with a cancer diagnosis: why me?
Some stories are about how cancer can change us.
Some stories are about reflecting upon our pre-cancer lives and the resulting changes we decide to make as a result of cancer.
 

Some stories are about the physical scars from breast cancer

Some stories are about the emotional scars.
Some stories are about perseverance.


Some stories are about finding support in surprising places.
Some stories are about finding the positives in an awful, terrible, traumatic life experience.
Some stories are about trying to distract us from everything that cancer brings with it.

Some stories are about the loneliness of a cancer diagnosis

Some stories about struggling to move forward at the end of treatment.
Some stories are about never going back to normal, and having to live with the disease.
Some stories are about struggling.

Some stories are about dying.

Some stories are about finding a purpose to come out of the awfulness of cancer.
Some stories are about hope and courage.
Some stories are about grief.
Some stories are about acceptance.

Don’t be afraid of these stories. Don’t shy away from breast cancer. Talk about it. Be breast aware. Raise money for breast cancer research. Help those going through it.

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This film was made for Breast Cancer Awareness Month as a collaboration between Breast Cancer Care and Sara from Ticking Off Breast Cancer. Footage was donated by a host of amazing, wonderful people. We thank each and every one of them. Full credits can be found on the Ticking Off Breast Cancer website.